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coastal wetlands The “Wagon Wheel,” a series of navigation canals are seen in an aerial view of the wetlands that border the coast of Louisiana. (Photor: Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg)

(Bloomberg) – When Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast in October 2012, its 80-mile-per-hour winds and the resulting flooding did about $71 billion in damage. After the storm, researchers found that natural coastal ecosystems saved communities from Maryland to New Jersey about $625 million in damages.

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